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Fig Dish

Biography

Fig Dish was among the many alternative organizations swept up within the signing frenzy that occurred in Chicago within the wake from the explosion from the grunge picture within the Northwest. Individuals were looking for another Seattle, and Chicago was nearly as good a town as any, having a roster that included Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, and Desire Overkill. The music group started in the first ’90s when guitarists Blake Smith and Rick Ness remaining their respective rings and made a decision to play collectively. Adding drummer Andy Hamilton and bassist Mike Willison, they find the name Fig Dish and started to launch homemade singles of the Replacements-esque rock and roll. The music group made a decision to try an test, they delivered demos to main label reps with an email attached stating “Hey (complete the empty): I captured this business last weekend, plus they had been amazing. Examine ’em out! Your pal, Steve.” Many uncomfortable label reps offered them a tale about their friend “Steve” suggesting the music group, but finally an A&R guy from Polydor found out their singles by himself and provided them an area for the label. The music group documented That’s What Like Songs Often Perform within three weeks to be signed, as well as the album premiered in 1995 with many tours following. Once the solitary “Seed” began to strike alternative rock and roll radio, the music group discovered a blizzard in Nebraska which ruined their vehicle and their equipment. That night time the music group was recovering in the hotel once the shell-shocked Hamilton informed them that he was departing the music group to study regulation. The music group stepped back to the studio room for When Shove DATES BACK to Push another year, however they had been very unimpressed making use of their scenario. The album premiered with zero advertising from Polydor, therefore the music group decided to choose a fresh label. While looking, they made a decision to simply kill the music group and focus on additional tasks. Willison and Smith began Caviar, while Rick Ness began a music group under the basic moniker of Ness.

Quick Facts


Full Name Fig Dish
Music Songs Quiet Storm King, Lemonader, Rollover, Please, Weak and Mean, It's Your Ceiling, Bury Me, When Shirts Get Tight, Wrong Nothing, Resistance Is Futile, First History, Chew Toy, Pretty Never Hurts, Dare You to Vanish, Going Gone, Wheel Holders, Sleep Startles, They Can Only Hurt You, Spit the Part, All Eyes Upon You, I Just Want What You Want, Don't Come Around Here No More, Sinking Feeling, Seeds, Kung Fu Fighting, Nimble, Head Over Heels, Come On, Bend, Serene, Hidden Track, [silence]
Albums That's What Love Songs Often Do, When Shove Goes Back to Push


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#Fact
1 Thinks movies should open with a big, showy scene.
2 Grew up next door to a family of 8 with six children.
3 Feig used to do stand-up and says he puts his movies together like he used to do his shows. He screens them multiple times, keeping the jokes that get big laughs and reworking those that don't.
4 Describes himself as the world's biggest Mystery Science Theater geek.
5 Paul's father was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent (from Hungary and Romania). Paul's mother had British ancestry.
6 Saw Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run (1969) when he was 9 years old and was so enthralled by it, he still remembers how "It came on and it was like a religious experience".
7 Has directed 1 actress to an Oscar nomination: Melissa McCarthy (Best Supporting Actress, Bridesmaids (2011)).
8 His last name is pronounced Feeg.
9 The title of his memoir "Superstud" is based on a line from the Freaks and Geeks (1999) episode "Looks and Books".
10 In his television series Freaks and Geeks (1999), the fictitious town of Chippewa was loosely based on the area surrounding Mt. Clemens, Michigan, where he grew up.
11 In 1985 he won $29,000 on The $10,000 Pyramid (1973) game show (renamed at that time as "The $25,000 Pyaramid") and used the money to finance a run at stand-up comedy.
12 Raised in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.
13 Graduated Chippewa Valley High School Class of 1980.
14 Once worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios in Hollywood.
15 Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1984).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ski Patrol 1990 Stanley
Thirtysomething 1990 TV Series Focus Group Member
Dirty Dancing 1988-1989 TV Series Norman Bryant
The Unnaturals 1989 TV Series Reoccurring characters
Newhart 1988 TV Series Bruce
Three O'Clock High 1987 Hall Monitor
Zombie High 1987 Emerson
The Facts of Life 1986 TV Series Ron
Song of Back and Neck 2017 post-production
Spy 2015 Drunken Guest at Paris Hotel (uncredited)
Maron 2014 TV Series Warren
The Heat 2013/I Doctor (uncredited)
The Office 2013 TV Series The Animal Trainer
NTSF:SD:SUV 2012 TV Series OCD Detective
Bad Teacher 2011 Dad at Carwash
Bridesmaids 2011/I Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Nurse Jackie 2010 TV Series Mr. Spagnolo
Vote Garner! 2009 Video short Dr. Elias Bezelle
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 Different DJ (uncredited)
Knocked Up 2007 Fantasy Baseball Guy
Arrested Development 2005 TV Series Magician
I Am David 2003 American Man
Stealing Harvard 2002 Electrician
Bad Dog 2000 Short Messenger
Freaks and Geeks 1999 TV Series Alex the Guitarist
The Drew Carey Show 1998 TV Series Worker #1
Life Sold Separately 1997 Clark
Statical Planets 1997 Renfester
Ellen 1997 TV Series Peterson
Men Behaving Badly 1997 TV Series Nelson
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996-1997 TV Series Mr. Eugene Pool
My Fellow Americans 1996 Reporter #2
That Thing You Do! 1996 KMPC D.J.
The Louie Show 1996 TV Series Dr. Jake Reinhardt
The TV Wheel 1995 TV Movie Various
Heavy Weights 1995 Tim
Hardball 1994 TV Series Agent #1
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 Oscar Audience Member
The Good Life 1994 TV Series Waiter / Video Clerk
Roseanne 1993 TV Series Pete
The Jackie Thomas Show 1992-1993 TV Series Bobby Wynn
The Edge 1992-1993 TV Series Various Characters
Deep Dish TV 1992 TV Movie
Get a Life 1991 TV Series Mark
Good Sports 1991 TV Series Leash
Zoo Radio 1990 Chester Drawer (as Skylar Billing)
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1990 TV Series Chester Bass

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Mother-Daughter/Action Comedy Project 2017 producer post-production
The Heat 2 producer announced
Ghostbusters 2016 executive producer
The Peanuts Movie 2015 producer
Other Space 2015 TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Spy 2015 producer
It's Better in Italian 2015 Documentary short executive producer
The Heat 2013/I executive producer
Ronna & Beverly 2012 TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Bridesmaids 2011/I executive producer
Nurse Jackie 2010 TV Series co-executive producer - 12 episodes
The Office 2008-2009 TV Series co-executive producer - 26 episodes
Freaks and Geeks TV Series co-executive producer - 10 episodes, 2000 supervising producer - 8 episodes, 1999 - 2000

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Heat 2 announced
Ghostbusters 2016 directed by
Other Space 2015 TV Series
Spy 2015
People in New Jersey 2013 TV Movie
The Heat 2013/I
Bridesmaids 2011/I
The Office 2005-2011 TV Series 15 episodes
Nurse Jackie 2009-2010 TV Series 10 episodes
Bored to Death 2009 TV Series 2 episodes
Parks and Recreation 2009 TV Series 1 episode
Ronna & Beverly 2009 TV Movie
Weeds 2005-2007 TV Series 3 episodes
Mad Men 2007 TV Series 1 episode
30 Rock 2007 TV Series 1 episode
Unaccompanied Minors 2006
Arrested Development 2004-2005 TV Series 7 episodes
Early Bird 2005 TV Movie
I Am David 2003
Undeclared 2002 TV Series 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series 1 episode
Life Sold Separately 1997

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Untouchables announced
Ghostbusters 2016 written by
Other Space TV Series 1 episode, 2015 created by - 6 episodes, 2015 creator - 1 episode, 2015 written by - 1 episode, 2015
Spy 2015 written by
Sick in the Head 2003 TV Movie creator
I Am David 2003 screenplay
Freaks and Geeks TV Series created by - 18 episodes, 1999 - 2000 written by - 6 episodes, 1999 - 2000
Life Sold Separately 1997
The TV Wheel 1995 TV Movie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freaks and Geeks TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 1999 - 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Heavy Weights 1995 performer: "CAMP HOPE CONCERTO" / producer: "CAMP HOPE CONCERTO" / writer: "CAMP HOPE CONCERTO"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1990 TV Series special music by - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Videotape 2016 additional acknowledgments
Public Domain Theatre 2011-2014 TV Series thanks for inspiration - 34 episodes
Anderson's Cross 2010 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
Chelsea 2016 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Director
Made in Hollywood 2011-2016 TV Series Himself
Ghostheads 2016 Documentary Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2013-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Today 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
FX Movie Download 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Access Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
Talking Dead 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The 4%: Film's Gender Problem 2016 Documentary short Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2016 TV Series Himself
73rd Golden Globe Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Spy
The Soup 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
@midnight 2015 TV Series Himself
Lego Dimensions 2015 Video Game Himself (voice)
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition 2015 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2013-2015 TV Series Himself
Reel Junkie 2015 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2011-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Himself - Director, Spy
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
World Premiere 2015 TV Series Himself
Celebrity P.O.V. 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Hell's Kitchen 2014 TV Series Himself - Restaurant Patron
American Comedy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Cameo
This Is Comedy 2014 Documentary Himself
The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
The Getaway 2013 TV Series Himself
How I Rock It 2013 TV Series Himself
Losing It with John Stamos 2013 TV Mini-Series Himself
On Story 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
CQC: Custe o Que Custar 2013 TV Series Himself
The Arrested Development Documentary Project 2013 Documentary Himself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show 2013 TV Series Himself
The 2012 Comedy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2012 TV Series Himself
17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
America in Primetime 2011 TV Series documentary Himself - Creator, Freak and Greeks
That Is All 2011 Short Himself
What's Trending 2011 TV Series Himself
2011 New Now Next Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti 2010 Video Himself
Teen spirit: Les ados à Hollywood 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Comic-Con '08 Live 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Screen Savers 2005 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Himself
Paramount Comedy Theatre, Vol. 2: Decent Exposures 1987 Video documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
Access Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 CinemaCon Award CinemaCon, USA Comedy Filmmaker of the Year
2009 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series The Office (2005) · Robert Rothbard (unit production manager plaque)
· Kelly Cantley (first assistant director plaque)
· Jennie O'Keefe (second assistant director plaque)
· Jasmine Marie Alhambra (second second assistant director plaque)
· Alicia Cho (dga trainee)
2006 Camie Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards I Am David (2003) · Philip Anschutz
· Andrea Borella (line-producer)
· Ben Tibber (actor)
· Jim Caviezel (actor)
· Joan Plowright (actor)
· Viola Carinci (actor)
2004 Queens Spirit Award Queens Film Festival Best Feature Film I Am David (2003)
2003 Audience Award Austin Film Festival Best Advance Screening I Am David (2003)
2003 Crystal Heart Award Heartland Film Festival I Am David (2003)
2003 Festival Award San Diego Film Festival Best Feature Film I Am David (2003)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Animated Picture The Peanuts Movie (2015) · Craig Schulz
· Bryan Schulz
· Cornelius Uliano
· Michael J. Travers
2014 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Best Comedy Director - Film The Heat (2013)
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Comedy Episode of the Year The Office (2005) · Greg Daniels (writer)
· Mindy Kaling (writer)
2010 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy The Office (2005) · Greg Daniels
· Howard Klein
· Paul Lieberstein
· Jennifer Celotta
· Jake Aust
· Randy Cordray
2009 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series The Office (2005) · Greg Daniels (executive producer)
· Benjamin Silverman (executive producer)
· Ricky Gervais (executive producer)
· Stephen Merchant (executive producer)
· Howard Klein (executive producer)
· Paul Lieberstein (executive producer)
· Jennifer Celotta (executive producer)
· Teri Weinberg (co-executive producer)
· B.J. Novak (co-executive producer)
· Mindy Kaling (co-executive producer)
· Lee Eisenberg (co-executive producer)
· Gene Stupnitsky (co-executive producer)
· Aaron Shure (co-executive producer)
· Steve Carell (producer)
· Justin Spitzer (producer)
· Jake Aust (producer)
· Randy Cordray (producer
2008 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series The Office (2005)
2008 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Comedy Episode of the Year The Office (2005) · Gene Stupnitsky (writer)
· Lee Eisenberg (writer)
2008 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Comedy Episode of the Year The Office (2005) · Paul Lieberstein (director)
· Jennifer Celotta (director)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Freaks and Geeks (1999)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Freaks and Geeks (1999)


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#Quote
1 [Twitter reply on Sep 24 2015] You've been ranting at me and my cast [of Ghostbusters (2016)] for months with misogyny and insults. So go fuck yourself. Goodnight. #enough
2 To me, comedy is drama.
3 [re Take the Money and Run (1969)] I had never seen comedy like that. It was subversive and smart, and yet so silly at the same time. I wanted to be an actor at that point in my life [9 years old] and when I realized that [Woody] Allen wrote and directed and starred in this film, that really kind of set the course for what I thought my life was going to be.
4 The mockumentary is a perfect form for comedy, because it allows it to be behavioral and real and feel in the moment. Since things are supposed to be happening in the real world and captured in the moment by handheld cameras that are surprised by the unexpected actions of the characters, it allows you to create looser situations that play funnier if they're done right. I've used this form on The Office (2005) and Arrested Development (2003), and the tone is great. Plus it allows you to work with no budget.
5 When I was an actor, I was in this horrendous movie called Ski Patrol (1990). And I have so many young people come up to me and say it's their favorite movie. I guess it just depends when you watched it and what your relationship was to it at the age you saw it. Time seems to be the great equalizer.
6 I think TV is better than movies these days. It has finally embraced serializations, so basically what you are getting is a never-ending movie on television. I am obsessed with trying to figure out what's a great serialized comedy, and how to do it.
7 When I was a kid, I used to hate watching kids on TV who were smart or snappy. I liked watching adults being stupid. That's why I liked Monty Python, because these were adults acting insane, whereas when a kid came on, hey, he knew everything, and I was like, 'I don't wanna see that, because I don't know everything, and I don't wanna see a kid who's more together than me.'
8 The director is the only person on the set who has seen the film. Your job as a director is to show up every day and know where everything will fit into the film.
9 What's great about the geek spirit is that life never seems to stop us, and they never seem to kill our enthusiasm, our optimism and our hunger to experience the world. We keep our sense of humor, we protect our dignity, we talk to our friends about the experience and then we start again fresh the very next day.
10 At the end of the day the question comes, what are you doing for the world? You have to try to do something that's going to add something positive.
11 Every director should take an acting class.

#Trademark
1 After _Bridesmaids (2011)_ his work largely consists of female-driven comedies, usually featuring Melissa McCarthy.
2 Always wears a suit and tie when he directs.

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